Clerkships are one or two year positions with federal, state, local or administrative law judges. They are tremendous experiences for all recent law graduates. Judicial clerks obtain great research and writing experience, knowledge of court or administrative agency procedures, and often develop great mentor relationships with their judges.
Contrary to popular myth, clerkships are not just for the top 10% of the class or for those interested in litigation. They are a superb training ground for young lawyers. Judicial clerkships of all levels are considered prestigious positions to pursue. They provide the young lawyer with exposure to the members of the local bar and many opportunities to begin building their professional network.
If you are considering a judicial clerkship, you should start preparing for a clerkship as early in your law school career as possible. In an effort to make you the strongest candidate possible, it is recommended that you:
- participate in moot court competitions to hone your brief writing skills
- participate in mock trial competitions to increase your familiarity with trial practice
- elect practical skills courses
- gain experience through one or more of our legal clinics.
- NC Association of Defense Attorneys panel discussion
- Professionalism Events: A series of workshops designed to prepare you for the world of legal employment.
- Parker Poe LLP “Life as a Lawyer” panel discussion
- Intellectual Property information session
- ABA Judicial Clerkship Program information session
- NALP Newer Professionals Forum information session
- Study Abroad Workshop and information session
- Law Week
- Taking Control of your Career panel discussion
- OSCAR information session
- Clerkship information session
- Public Interest/Judicial Clerkship (PIJC) information session
- PIJC Library Research Sessions
- On-Campus Interview Programs (OCI)
- Mock Interviews
- NC Bar Young Lawyers Division information session
- LLM Workshop and information session
- Symplicity training and information session
- 1L Orientation to Career Services
- Career Services Open House
- Solo Practice Workshop and information session